Autonomous ship 'Mayflower' begins sea trials ahead of its Atlantic voyage
A solar-powered research vessel named the 'Mayflower' will aim to traverse the Atlantic Ocean in 2021 with no humans on board. Sea trials are due to commence off the south coast of England in the coming weeks. The vessel will push the boundaries of autonomous shipping while gathering scientific data on the ocean. The project is led by marine research organization ProMare, with IBM as the main technology partner.